Conor McGregor has retired from fighting for the third time via Twitter this week. McGregor had only fought in two bouts in the Ultimate Fighting Championship since December of 2016. How most recent fight happened in January of this year, where he knocked out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in just 40 seconds.
If there is one thing we know about professional fighters it’s that retirements never last long. The only professionals with more retirement matches than mixed martial artists are boxers and professional wrestlers. McGregor himself has retired twice previously.
This retirement occurred just a month after Nate Diaz forced McGregor to tap out from a rear naked choke in the second round. Conor employed the oldest fighting contract leverage in the book by retiring and bringing Diaz and UFC President Dana White back to the table for the Diaz rematch. The second fight happened just four months later with McGregor winning via majority decision.
As the purses of McGregor’s fights have gone up, including a massive payday from the boxing exhibition with Floyd Mayweather, his fights have come fewer and further between. McGregor has diversified his income streams as well, with Proper Twelve Whiskey and his brother August McGregor’s clothing line.
Now, we can either choose to believe the Conor McGregor means his retirement this time, or we can believe that he’s just like every other professional fighter we have ever encountered and know that for the right opponent and money, he’ll lace up his gloves and we will see him in the octagon or the boxing ring again.
The rumored opponents for McGregor in the UFC are all continuations of rivalries. He can complete the Diaz trilogy against Nate Diaz, or he can fight Khabib again after a really devastating defeat. But, even more interestingly, McGregor has mentioned several times, including telling Mike Tyson, that he believes he can defeat Floyd Mayweather in a rematch, should one happen. Mayweather wasted no time in clowning Conor for his social media retirement.
As a cold-blooded sucker who actually spent his hard earned American currency to watch this circus last time, allow me to be the first to say, I will gladly watch a rematch if it were to happen. This is as much classic Mayweather as it is classic McGregor. Talking about a fight that may or may not happen to continue to have the press and eyeballs attached to their every tweet or Instagram post. There may be too much money on the table for Floyd and Conor to pass up. McGregor had been impressive in spurts during his boxing debut against Floyd and the undefeated professional boxer handily ended the match after letting McGregor punch himself out.
The only thing we can count on with professional fighting is that you can never say never.